Beyond the Battlefield: The Legacy of the Civil War for America's Jews

Washington Hebrew Congregation

Dates: Thursday, May 01, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Speaker: Adam Mendelsohn

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, The Foundation for Jewish Studies presents historian Adam Mendelsohn of the College of Charleston, whose book Jews and the Civil War: A Reader (co-edited with Jonathan D. Sarna) was published in 2010.

At least 10,000 Jews fought in the armies of the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War. This talk will reassess the importance of the war for the American Jewish community, arguing that the largest impact of the war for Jews reached beyond the battlefield. In addition to acknowledging the presence of Jewish soldiers, we will explore the contribution of Jewish women to the war effort, as well as the role played by Jewish entrepreneurs who produced hundreds of thousands of uniforms for both armies. Using this measure, the Civil War left a lasting, and enormously consequential, legacy for American Jewish history. 
This lecture is sponsored by the Silver family in loving memory of David Silver.

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